Teena s a reader, writer and daydream believer. She’s been a regular visitor to the world of make-believe since her primary school days and knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. Her first published book was a stranger danger tale for young readers that was endorsed by the West Australian police and education departments of the day and used in schools around the country. Teena writes across genres and has published picture books, a junior novel and many short stories and poems for children and adults. She shares her passion for books and writing by presenting talks and workshops to encourage people of all ages to write their own stories. Her writing life has also included a long career as a journalist and editor. Teena is convinced there is magic in every day if we choose to see it. She lives near the beach south of Perth and has three children with families of their own who provide plenty of ideas for new stories. You can find Teena and her books here http://wordpress.teenaraffamulligan.com/
And now to meet the challenge Teena has set for me…
The questions are: 1) What am I working on?
I am currently up to the (I hope) final editing of Sandstone Madonna. After comments from beta readers I have reworked the whole manuscript and a couple of passages in particular to make them stronger and the reactions of characters more believable in the way they react to events. Sometimes changing one thing in a plot, or even one sentence in a paragraph, is like pulling a thread and then the whole garment unravels. So it has been an interesting exercise making sure that does not happen and all the threads hold together and make the story stronger.
2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
On the whole I have a positive outlook on life and given that so much of our world and its news can at times be negative, I think it’s important for me to show that often times, even negative experiences and events in our life can still end up having positive outcomes. That doesn’t mean shying away from the hard things in life, because often in the hard times it is went we discover more about ourselves and our relationships with others. It does mean though leaving readers, not always with a perfectly happy ending but at least one with a sense of hope. I also like to write about intergenerational relationships, so often my novels will have characters of varying ages and show how they interact and impact on each another. Eve, the main character of Sandstone Madonna is 55, so she’s seen a bit of life. But there are several other younger characters and their problems that are important to the story too and that I’m sure younger readers can relate to as well.
3) Why do I write what I do?
Because I can’t do anything else. The stories are there and they want to come out. At the moment I want to finish with Sandstone Madonna so I can go onto the next one that is clamouring to be told. But by the same token I have to make sure Sandstone Madonna is the best it can be before I send it off to a publisher. Getting ideas is the easy bit. They are all around us in life. It is knowing which ones to investigate and develop further and then making time to knuckle down and do the work of writing it and not getting sidetracked into writing poems or something else along the way, or even by emails.
4) How does my writing process work?
For a novel I start with a vague idea and a character. I’m not one of those writers to plot a story. I tried it once and by the time I’d finished doing all that, I had lost all impetus to write the story. I came to the conclusion that some people are plotters and others aren’t. So I went back to my own way of doing things, which is once my character is firmly established in my head, I start to write and basically see where the characters takes me. Sometimes it surprises me the things that come up while writing or how suddenly one character takes on more importance than I initially thought. It’s like reading, I read to find out how a story ends. I write for the same reason, to understand my characters, what motivates them and how their story will play out. I like to be surprised.
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Well, that’s it for me. Now I’m passing the baton to 3 other writers, one from overseas and two Australian. Each of them will tackle this challenge next Monday 10th February. meanwhile here's a little about each of them.
The first is Carol Fragale Brill
Carol is the author of two novels, PEACE BY PIECE and CAPE MAYBE, an Amazon Women's Fiction Bestseller. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her fiction received recognition from Poets and Writers and was a reader’s favourite for The Best of Philadelphia Stories. Her works have also appeared in Wide Array, New York Journal of Books, the Press of Atlantic City, and various online e-zines and business journals.
Find her at:
New York Journal of Books: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/revie.
I’ve read Cape Maybe and can really recommend it.
Next is an Aussie author, Sharon Robards.
Sharon Robards latest novel Unforgivable was released in kindle format in late November 2013 and in print this year. She is also the author of A Woman Transported released in April 2013, with A Woman Transported reaching Amazon’s top 100 selling kindle books in July last year for Historical Fiction. Prior to that Sharon dabbled in Non-fiction, Australia Flavour, a collaborative work that captures traditional Australian cuisine, released in print in August 2008 and available in kindle format since 2012. Sharon spent many years previously as a programmer and currently lives in Port Stephens with her husband and daughter and is a member of the Port Stephen’s Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW)
I read Unforgivable and it had me emotionally involved from start to finish.
And last but by no means least is Aussie YA author Kaz Delaney
Award winning YA & children’s author, Kaz Delaney, and her alter ego, Kerri Lane have currently sold 69 books between them. Kaz's current title ‘Almost Dead’ (Allen & Unwin Jan 2014) has been released to high acclaim, receiving fabulous reviews from readers spanning the age spectrum.
Her preceding novel ‘Dead, Actually,’ is the recipient the ARRA Award for Favourite Paranormal for 2012, and the Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel for 2012, and was long listed for a Davitt Award in the children’s/YA section. Kaz divides her time between teaching and writing but tries to fit in her new passion – kayaking!
I haven’t read this one yet but have heard lots of good things about it. If you come back to my blog on Friday 7th February I have an interview with Kaz and a chance to win a copy of Almost Dead